Joined his beloved wife Carol (Nee McKinstra) on August 3, 2021 at the age of 71. Proud father of Charles (Alexa), Steven (Kelsey) and Jack. Cherished Papa of Theodore, Eleanor, Finn and Declan. Admired brother of Kay (the late Warren) Spitzner and Bob (Betsy). Son-in-law of Lucille McKinstra. Brother-in-law of Mary (Andy) Auge, Kathy (Robert Chance) McKinstra, John (Eileen) McKinstra, and Jim (Eman) McKinstra. Beloved by so many cousins, nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, students, players, colleagues and many, many dear friends.
Visitation at the Becker Ritter Funeral Home on Saturday, August 7, 2021, 1 - 4 PM. Funeral Service at 4 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorials appreciated to the American Cancer Society.
Rich grew up in Brookfield with his parents, the late Bernard “Andy” and Betty. He graduated in 1968 from Brookfield Central High School where he lettered in 4 sports. He attended Carthage College where he received his undergraduate degree in Mathematics, played basketball and was a member of the Delta Omega Nu fraternity. He then attended UWM and earned his Master’s degree in Mathematics Education. He spent 37 years as a High School math teacher, primarily at Germantown High School where he met his wife Carol and was the Department Chair for the mathematics department. Rich coached girls tennis, boys basketball, and was a 2021 inductee to the Wisconsin Fastpitch Softball Association Hall of Fame for his 31 years of coaching.
Rich enjoyed photography, hiking, golf, spending time at Lake Arrowhead and being the ultimate Packers and Brewers fan. His commitment to his family was second to none. After his retirement in 2009, he lived his life being the most devoted, loving, and best father and Papa one could ever imagine!
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